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DONNA MILLER VOTED LAWYER OF THE  YEAR FOR 2018

April 23, 2018

Based on recently released 2018 Best Lawyers® rankings, Donna Miller has been voted Lawyer of The Year for 2018 for the Des Moines area for her representation of employers in workers’ compensation matters. This is a singular honor. Only one lawyer per practice area and metropolitan region is awarded this distinction based on the highest […]


IOWA’S HIGHEST COURT AFFIRMS OWI CONVICTION FINDING THAT THE ARRESTING OFFICER WAS ACTING AS A “COMMUNITY CARETAKER”

August 23, 2018

Terry Lee Coffman and his wife were sitting in their vehicle, which was parked on the side of the highway in Slater, Iowa. At approximately 1:08 a.m., a Sheriff’s Deputy, Nicholas Hochberger, was patrolling the area when he spotted Coffman’s vehicle on the roadside with its brake lights on. Deputy Hochberger turned on his flashing […]


SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS EMPLOYER’S AUTHORIZATION DEFENSE IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE

Kelly Brewer-Strong filed a workers’ compensation Petition against her employer, HNI Corporation (HNI) alleging that she sustained work-related bilateral carpal tunnel injuries while carrying out her employment duties with HNI. HNI initially denied the alleged injuries in its Answer to Brewer-Strong’s Petition. Brewer-Strong then filed an alternate medical care petition alleging “abandonment of care.” HNI […]


IOWA SUPREME COURT HOLDS APPRAISERS’ DETERMINATION ON THE CAUSE AND AMOUNT OF PROPERTY LOSS IS BINDING ON THE PARTIES AND THE COURT

Walnut Creek Townhome Association (Walnut Creek), a residential community in Urbandale, built a number of multifamily buildings between 2004 and 2006. The shingles used on the roofs were manufactured by CertainTeed and had a 25-year warranty. However, the shingles were considered defective by roofing professionals. In 2011, Walnut Creek hired Marcus Harbert, a professional roofer, […]


GREFE & SIDNEY ASSOCIATE, JACLYN ZIMMERMAN, FEATURED AS PANELIST AT THE IOWA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEETING

Jaclyn Zimmerman, an associate with Grefe & Sidney, spoke at the Iowa State Bar Association’s Annual meeting on June 20, 2018. Jaclyn frequently addresses the issue of alimony in her legal practice; whether in a collaborative case, as a mediator, in litigation, or on appeal. As part of a three-person panel, Jaclyn educated other attorneys […]


BUYING REAL ESTATE WITH AN LLC?

July 25, 2018

A growing trend among prospective homeowners is to purchase a home, especially rental homes, in the name of a limited liability company, or “LLC.” Business owners favor LLCs for the liability protection they provide in the event of a lawsuit. For example, if someone is injured at John Smith’s pumpkin patch, John Smith’s personal assets […]


YOU CAN LIMIT DEATH’S FINANCIAL COSTS, IF NOT THE EMOTIONAL ONES

By Warren Kozak I pride myself on keeping meticulous financial records. But since my wife died on Jan. 1, I discovered I had made some real rookie mistakes that led to hours of extra work and substantial fees. The transfer of assets between spouses can be fairly simple—if you learn from my mistakes. Dr. Lisa […]


A NEW FACE AT GREFE AND SIDNEY

July 23, 2018

Jonathan De Reus is an associate attorney in the firm’s business division. His practice areas include business law, estate planning and probate, real estate and landlord-tenant law, and tax law. Jonathan divides his time between the Pella and Des Moines office. Having been born and raised in the city of Pella, Iowa, Jonathan is well […]


HALL AND ERICKSON WIN SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN DOG BITE LAWSUIT

Andy Hall and Ben Erickson successfully defended a landlord against allegations that his tenants’ dog attacked an individual on his rental property, resulting in injury. Plaintiff sought damages based on theories of strict liability and premises liability. After conducting a thorough investigation, Hall and Erickson filed for summary judgment. In support of their motion, they […]


KUEHNER OBTAINS DEFENSE VERDICT

Attorney Michael Kuehner recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of two local clients. The case stemmed from an automobile-bicycle accident with disputed liability. Damages were in excess of $500,000. At trial, the defense presented evidence that the defendant driver was not at fault, and that the plaintiff’s own actions caused the accident. A Polk […]


DISTRICT COURT GETS REVERSED BY IOWA COURT OF APPEALS FOR GIVING FAULTY JURY INSTRUCTION ON INVERSE CONDEMNATION

Plaintiff, Hunter Landing, LLC, appealed from a district court decision denying its motion for a new trial, contending the jury instruction on inverse condemnation was a misstatement of law. When a governmental entity takes all or part of a landowner owner’s private property without a formal condemnation proceeding, the property owner can bring an action […]